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Relic of The Battle of The Alma, 1854
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Relic of The Battle of The Alma, 1854

Measurements: 15mm x 12mm



Gold mounted pebble retreived from the Alma riverbed to commemorate the opening battle of the Crimean War. The gold band inscribed 'Alma' to the obverse and ‘1854’ to the reverse.

The battle took place 20 September 1854 when an allied force found its route to the naval base of Sevastopol blocked at the Alma River. The Russian force, under the command of Prince Alexander Sergeievich Menshikov, numbered 36,400 men. The allies crossed the river without too much difficulty but were then faced by a steep slope. This was only carried after a hard fight and the Russians were driven off the heights south of the river. Menshikov lost 1,200 men killed, although more than 4,000 Russians were captured. Allied losses were heavier with about 3,000 British and 1,000 French soldiers killed in action.